Context 25 will be the weekend of September 28-30 in Columbus Ohio at the Worthington Doubletree (the same hotel as last year). Full-weekend registration is $35 until the end of the month; after that it will increase to $45. http://www.contextsf.org/
Our 2012 author Guests of Honor include L.E. Modesitt Jr., Alex Bledsoe, and Toni L.P. Kelner.
Participating authors and editors who've signed on so far include Maurice Broaddus, Lawrence C. Connolly, Tim Esaias, John Edward Lawson, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Babs Mountjoy, Linnea Sinclair, Lucy A. Snyder, Maria V. Snyder, and Tim Waggoner.
This year's writing workshops include "Monster Wrangling", "The Science of Social Interactions", "50 Ways to Beat Writer's Block in 10 Minutes", "Done to Death: Avoiding Cliches in Horror and Dark Fantasy", "Diversity in Your Fiction", "Growing Your Brand", "Painting Your Setting", "Insider Tips for Working with the Small Press", "Fantastic Fight Scenes", "Self-Editing and Rewriting: What to Put In and What to Take Out", "Characterization Through Dialogue", "Sleuth Facts: Real PI Procedures For Your Plots", "Novel Structure and Synopsis Writing", "Endings and Beginnings", "How Far is Too Far? Boundaries in Horror and Dark Fantasy", "Mastering Flash Fiction", "Publicity, Promotions, Poisons, and Purple Cows", "Point of View", "Young Adult Vampire-Werewolf-Zombie-Dystopian-Steampunk Novels", and "World Building"http://www.contextsf.org/workshop.htm
CORGS will be running our game room, and Context will be offering munchies and nonalcoholic drinks for gamers, so be sure to stop by for some great table-top gaming and retro video games. Special features this year include the Axis & Allies Masters Battle. Other attractions include Battleball, Rebels & Yankees, RISK, and a miniatures painting contest.http://www.contextsf.org/games.htm
Our filk GoHs for Context 25 are Bill and Brenda Sutton, who perform together as Bed & Breakfast.
Bill is accomplished on guitar, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, and he's working on the violin and uilleann pipes. Brenda also plays guitar and whistles, but her forte is the Irish frame drum called the bodhrán. Both Bill and Brenda are talented singer/songwriters with numerous credits and awards. They were inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2001. Bill has won Pegasus Awards for Best Performer in 1986 and Best Techie Song for his country space song "Stray Dog Man" in 1989; he has received nominations in several other categories. Brenda garnered her share of Pegasus Awards as well, winning Best Song for "Strangers No More" in 2001 and Best Spine-Chilling Song in 2002 for "In a Gown Too Blue". She also plays with the award-winning group Three Weird Sisters.
After the Sutton's concert Saturday night at Context, people are welcome to bring their instruments and join in open filk.